It is important to understand the highest purpose of life. That is the only reason why we take many bodies. We do not learn our lessons and hence we take body after body. The life of elevated devotees is the most elevated book from where one needs to learn lessons. When we do this sincerely, we save ourselves from committing fundamental mistakes, doing which, our bonds from the material world is cut and we get elevated to the spiritual platform.
Surrendering or Prappati is the highest virtue. Sharanagati or Prappati is the cream layer of Bhakti Yoga, the final stage, the summum bonnum. If one is committed to getting liberated from the unnecessary disturbance of material life and tormented by the suffering of daily life, Sharanagati is the only solution. The Life of Sri Ramanujacharya highlights this dimension of Bhakti.
It is important for us to understand the concern of the Supreme Lord for living entities so that we forget our petty attachments of this mortal world and attach ourselves to the very source of infinite love, care and object of attachment, the Supreme Lord. It is necessary to understand the Scriptures relating to the moods of the Lord and refer to the pastimes of Great Acharyas in order to understand the deepest moods of affection that both the Acharya and the Lord, have for fallen living beings like our own selves.
The stories of great devotees of the Lord invokes Bhakti and pure love for the Supreme Lord. That is the aim of anecdotes related to the great devotees of the Lord. The more we listen or read about devotees both of the Vedic age as well as current age, the more we shall receive the attention of the Supreme Lord.
Many scholars and learned men, on the path of spirituality praise the paths of Karma Yoga and Jnana Yoga. These paths are even recommended in the Gita, spoken by the Supreme Lord. But in the same Scripture the Lord establishes the purity and superiority of the simple path of Bhakti which is not as elaborate as the paths of Jnana and Karma. The greatness of Bhakti is its simplicity and its power to enslave the Lord. The Lord says that he is happy to be sold out to the living entity who has surrendered to the feet of the Supreme Being. Bhakti starts with the cultivation of surrendered faith.
The secret of the origins of the universe is mentioned in the Hari Vamsha. Hari Vamsha means that ancestry which comes from the Lord. It is important to understand that the Supreme Lord is the cause of all causes. Therefore we too belong to the direct ancestry of the Lord. In that sense the Hari Vamsha represents the story of our own origin.
It is important to study the lives of committed devotees, in order to appreciate the great pastimes of the Lord. Listening to the pastimes of the devotees of the Lord, is considered even superior to listening the glories of the Lord. When one faithfully listens to the pastimes of the devotees, the Lord becomes exceedingly satisfied and develops a deep liking towards the listener. Hence it is important to methodically garner knowledge about the great devotees of the Lord.
Bhakti is the crest jewel of all endeavors both material and spiritual. One who strives for Bhakti alone can be considered most intelligent. All aspects of spiritual discipline are to be considered supportive or supplementary to Bhakti. Bhakti is the life-giver to spiritual pursuits. If spiritual discipline including Karma, Jnana and Yoga is the tree, then Bhakti is the fruit of that tree. Unless spiritual discipline culminates into Bhakti, all spiritual endeavors remain open ended and incomplete.
Understanding our origin is a very important step towards our own redemption. The Mechanics of our redemption lies deep within the Truth of our eternal coming to existence to the material platform. This understanding should not be based on the fleeting principles of modern science, which keeps changing its positions, theories and postulates. Vedic Knowledge is fixed, universal and eternal. Hence it is very important to delve deep into our origins that the Hari Vamsha boldly reveals.
The life of sages of Bharath is a beacon that lights up the path of the entire world. Bharath is the land of pure spirituality. It is a land where the Supreme Personality of Godhead incarnates and paves the way for his devotees so that they can learn from His life. The Lord is followed by His exemplary devotees who the common man adores and worships. This is the path of Sanatana Dharma, a path for all irrespective of caste, creed, race, religion or Nationality.